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Bennettsville Fire Department holds summer youth camp

  • 27 June 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bennettsville Fire Department holds summer youth camp

Bennettsville Fire Department officials were pleased with the response for their first youth summer camp held last week.
Fire Chief James Jackson III said there were 16 campers in various ages and 10 adults helping with the camp.
The camp was held in the fire department's portion of the new Bennettsville Public Safety Complex.
"It was very good," he said. "All of the kids were receptive to it."

Grand opening is held for the Friends of MWE Public Library bookstore

  • 27 June 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Grand opening is held for the Friends of MWE Public Library bookstore

Jackie Hood was impressed when she saw the Friends of the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library Bookstore Tuesday night.
"It's beautiful," she said as she looked at the books. "I can't wait to sit down and read in here."
Hood felt it was really nice to have a place like it in the county where people could go relax, fellowship and have a quiet atmosphere for reading.
For Friends of the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library and staff, it was seeing the dream of having a bookstore within the library come to fruition.
Bobbie Grooms, MWE Library director, said it has been one of their greatest accomplishments since she has been there.
"I am just so proud of it," she said.

Community Kitchen holds ribbon cutting

  • 20 June 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Community Kitchen holds ribbon cutting

The Community Kitchen of Bennettsville held its ribbon cutting Monday morning.  Volunteers, local officials and Chamber of Commerce representatives watched as Anne and Roger Griggs officially opened the “soup kitchen” which provides free lunches five days a week for those in need.  “The response has been amazing, both from the number of folks who have helped get this ministry up and running and the number of people that we have already served,” said Roger Griggs.  The kitchen started serving meals May 1 and has been averaging 85 “customers” each day for the last two weeks.  “From Mayor Heath Harpe, who donated the building, to all our dear friends who did the renovation work, to the groups and organizations who are helping serve the meals, this has been a true community effort,” he said.
Photo by Dan McNiel

More than 500 attend Marlboro County Country Cookoff

  • 20 June 2019
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More than 500 attend Marlboro County Country Cookoff

BLENHEIM — More than 500 people came out to see some of the top grill masters in Marlboro County and the surrounding area show off their skills at the fourth annual Marlboro County Country Cookoff on June 16.
The winners were Team Unity BBQ, "Grill Master Supreme"; Team Julius Canty, "People's Choice" Award; Charleton Fennell wins "Best Brisket"; and Israel and Drayton Dease win "Best Sauce".
Five students received scholarships. They were Aleecia Brown, Leron Evans, Danielle Hepburn, Serena Parrott, and Careka Townsend.
Levone Evans was one of the judges for the Best Brisket. Evans, who owns Vons and Sons near Clio and a 2018 People Choice winner, said various briskets she tried were good.

Police speak at reading program

  • 20 June 2019
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Police speak at reading program

Bennettsville police officer S. Davis gave five-year-old Daniel Warren a chance to see inside her police cruiser Tuesday at the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library's Summer Reading program. Warren's grandfather was a police officer and he also wants to be one. Davis talked with youth attending the program about safety. Later, a thank you sign was made for Davis. Next week's program on June 25 will feature members from the Bennettsville Fire Department.
Photos by Jacqueline Hough

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